Birkbeck, University of London has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
This course provides an introduction to studying politics at university and will help you develop the learning approaches and study skills you need to progress to an undergraduate degree in politics, including Birkbeck's BA Politics.
This flexible, one-year course has been specifically designed for people who want to study politics at university level, but who don't have any qualifications or are returning to study after a break from formal education.
Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields, delivering stimulating teaching that is specially designed for people returning to study.
You will have access to the University of London's wealth of study resources, including Birkbeck Library, which has an extensive history collection, including the major specialist journals, and access to online materials.
Our Department of Politics is over 40 years old and has a reputation for the excellence of its teaching and its internationally significant research.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK.
For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.
You usually complete three or four pieces of assessed work for each module, which will total around 5000 words. You also complete a timed in-class assessment in at least one module on the programme.
Tasks include critical analysis of specific sources, essays, reports, case studies, oral presentations, reflective commentaries, written tasks and learning reviews.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.
If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in each of the sub-tests. If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
There are no qualification requirements for this course.
We welcome applications from applicants without traditional entry qualifications. We assess by interview and application your suitability for degree level study, taking into account the knowledge and skills that you have gained since leaving formal education.
This programme has no specific formal entry requirements. It is not suitable if you already have an undergraduate degree.
Fees and funding
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